Not keeping up lately

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Oh – I’m the first to admit that I haven’t done a very good job keeping up with the BLOG posts – but it’s not to say I haven’t been busy with other things- during this “slower” time I spend a lot of time reflecting on how the year went for my business and for me personally – the things that happened in my life and the lives that I witness every week- I educate myself in some new techniques, new styles, and research the new up and coming – so I do spend quite a bit of time behind the scenes planning out the year.

           This past year has been a bit more difficult for me as I lost my Dad in May 2015 – it was a huge hit to my family and to myself. As much as I tried to smile and bear it, I think it came out every day in some way – He died somewhat unexpected and I had photo shoots scheduled for that weekend – and while I was away with him,  I was texting my clients to reschedule – this is one thing I love so much about the people I have met through this business – they are fabulous !!! Easily rescheduled and had wonderful sessions to follow.  One big thing that I learned from my dads passing was that we just didn’t quite have enough Pictures – I found that I had many photos of him from years back, here and there had some of mom and him together – but very very few pictures of myself with him – although I spent time with him, I never really thought much to take the camera and have fun times with him, I really regret that – but it put a new layer on my Photographing the families that I spend time with every week.

                     2015 was a year where I met some amazing people – captured some very ,very special times in their lives and then witnessed some great losses – To receive an email from someone that I photographed recently – and them letting me know they had lost a loved one , thanking me over and over for the photos that I captured of them to document their family and  love.  This is something that can’t be replaced by anything in the world, and something  I just can’t quite forget.  It is my honor every single day ! As difficult as this time is for these families – I know that I had part of them being able to keep the memories alive and to help bring a smile in between their dark moments.

I Love to Volunteer for things as much as I can in between my already busy schedule  – I’ve chosen a couple of Organizations to be a part of on a constant basis – I photograph children attending Camp Ta Kumpta in the Summer during their Summer break – this past July was my 3rd year doing this and this has been such a wonderful experience for me and I love seeing the kids every year, watching them grow older, healthy , stronger and smiling – and sadly also seeing some that are not feeling so great – but they still smile which brings a smile to my face.   The Second Organization that I am a part of is Now I lay me down to sleep – this as difficult as it is, is also a very rewarding experience for me in a way as I photograph little ones that are leaving or have just left this earth – The emotions that are felt for me through this session cannot be explained.  I know that the gift I am giving these families is something that they will carry through life – My heart goes out to each and every family suffering such loss.

I have Photographed some Fantastic Weddings at some of the most beautiful Venues imaginable – and I just love every single Wedding – each one has it’t own twist, its own style and I learn something new every time I attend one of these happy,  happy days. I just love the love that captures these days and the wonderful circle of friends that I have after having met these amazing couples.

Many happy family moments were captured, many new babies, first Birthday sticky cake smash sessions and quick moving toddlers as moms/dads and myself eagerly try to contain them to capture that super happy smile – even had a few pets to chase after.  Just thinking back at it all just brings a smile of joy.

I am proudly on the Board of Vermont Professional Photographers Association – I have a wonderful group of professionals that I am surrounded with –  As the Program Chair I schedule and plan our Bi-monthly workshops – This past year, I brought to Vermont Lou Freeman who was the first female Photographer for Playboy Magazine – she did an amazing demonstration and gave some terrific opportunity for hands on.  We did  a super fun mountain biking workshop in Stowe, Vermont – with he help of Ryan Thibault – the founder of MTBVT.com, and had some great bikers riding the trail for us allowing us the opportunity to  photograph them in action – and we had a terrific Landscape , and Sunsets/Storms  and super dynamic lighting photographer by the name of Ken Sklute who joined us from Arizona –

Later in the year I was invited to become part of Miss Vermont Teen High School Organization – I photographed their pageant and have become their state sponsor, capturing their head shots, formal shots and some of their fun events – this looks to be a beautiful year with these lovely ladies and I wish them much luck when they go to Nationals in July.

It has been an amazing year for me, so much to do, so many people that I have met and so many terrific things that I have become involved in – it keeps me very excited ( and busy ) to think about what is ahead – ( and I still work a full time 40 hr a week job in the Corporate world – along with caring for my family)

2016 will be another great year – One of my first goals is to complete my Photography Certification – and to photograph a lot of Weddings –  Meet a bunch of new people – to see more newborns coming my way -to go on a couple of vacations – and well, how about photographing One Wedding in a Tropical Destination – Now that would be amazing –

Well 2015 is wrapped up and in the books – onward and forward to more Magic ~

Be well my friends, and Be safe

Cheers

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How cute is this couple ?

Waiting for baby number one – I’ve known this pretty Mamma for over 12 years and watched her grow from a Teenager to a beautiful bride and now waiting for her to become Mommy for the first time –

I enjoyed my time with these two as we played with a little of the last few warm days we had – and just in time before baby decides to arrive – I can’t wait to meet this little one – and continue watching this Family grow –

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Sophias Senior Year

I have such a great time when I photograph High School Seniors – it’s one time they just seem to have a great time in front of the Camera, and they know it’s all about them – such joy – 

This young lady, I have had the pleasure of watching grow from a little one – her mom and I happen to be best friends from High School and we well remember the days when we had our High School portraits done- seems like just yesterday – it really does.  I’m so thankful that I have her living right here in the same town – and  it’s just fantastic that when we see each other it’s like no time has passed.

Congratulations to Beautiful Sophia on her Senior year – we picked a great location of Oakledge Park – it was a perfect day – although the sun did get a little stronger throughout the session and warmed things up – but a great day ! Go far young lady You know you can !!

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Sweet New Love

This Beautiful little love bug came to see me this evening with her big brother – she is just ready to say “Hello World” – I love having my baby fixes –

This is another family who I had the honor of Photographing their Wedding 6 years ago – and since then I have been part of their lives – capturing big brother shortly after birth – family shoots and now the newest addition – and I am so looking forward to watching this beautiful family grow. 11120150910_8088

Mommy in waiting ~~

  I think everyone who knows me also knows I totally love babies –  and I so much look forward to meeting new little ones – Along with  babies come a Beautiful Mommy,Daddy and sometimes older very    excited siblings – This was my evening – spending some nice time with this Beautiful family as they are very close to expecting their new little one – and everyone is just excited as can be.

111081315_3907We picked a Beautiful spot – which is also sort of an old Stomping ground for me – Ethan Allen Park in the New North End made for a super setting on this Sunny evening – although we weren’t a fan of the Mosquitos – and we all forgot about bug spray –

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We took a bit of a hike up to the Tower – which little lady thought was Rapunzels tower – her daddy took her up to the top for a few minutes while I photographed Mommy- they could see some pretty nice views up there – what a clear evening ~

111081315_3941The Love with this family is just so sweet – and you know, I have been a part of their lives for a few years now – we just talked about the first time I’d met them was for the little ladies first Birthday – since then I have seen them several times per year – and photographed their Wedding – now I get to be part of this magical time in their lives – what could be better –

111081315_3944I am so excited for this Beautiful Mamma – and to watch this family get bigger – and I can’t wait to snuggle up with the new addition – just a few short weeks away –

Good Luck Mamma – you will do great – See you soon

High School Senior Girls –

GY5A4540I Absolutely love photographing High School Seniors this time of year – it’s such an exciting time for them-

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Jun142015_FreemanWorkshopNataschasphotography_6115Whatever it may be – the session should be about who YOU are – and you should be as comfortable as possible in your session – Enjoy it – smile and live it up – and remember – your Senior Portrait Experience can be done anytime –

CONTACT: Natascha’s Photography to discuss your High School Senior experience and what we can do to make it your very own Session in your very own style and idea –

Nsdphotos@Aol.com – 802 – 238-4480

Nicole and Chris – Happily Ever After ~

We had such a terrific day for the Wedding for Nicole and Chris at Sleepy Hollow in Huntington, Vermont – I love this location – it is just everything Vermont – Mountain biking trails, hiking trails, a quaint Inn and cabin rentals – a bit off the beaten path and just prefect.

Chris and his guys were just a super fun bunch – full of smiles and laughter – sharing some fun time together while waiting on the beautiful bride to be ready –

1111072515_NataschasPhotography_2365Nicole was surrounded by her beautiful ladies helping her with all of her details –

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Time to get Dressed – Nicole wore an amazing dress from Fiori Bridal – just stunning !!!

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Daddy very proudly walked his daughter up the aisle to marry the man of her dreams

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They Certainly only have eyes for Each other – surrounded by so many friends and family and so much love around them – nothing but t1111072515_NataschasPhotography_2157 11072515_NataschasPhotography_2046

This was truly such a fun loving and wonderful group of Bridal Party – they made my whole day so much fun – Nicole and Chris are so lucky to have such wonderful support and love around them  – such a beautiful group. 1111072515_NataschasPhotography_2033

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The lovely cake was made by Cakelstry Vermont – just beautiful – surrounded by various Cupcakes, which I think is just such a great idea for Weddings –

Chris and Nicole were quite nice to each other with the cake though – 🙂 sweet kisses. 1111072515_NataschasPhotography_2250 1111072515_NataschasPhotography_2328It was an honor for me to be part of their day – The Weather was perfect, the Venue was perfect – Hector the DJ did a wonderful job with the music – and the Bar set up by 802Cocktails were super friendly, I enjoyed a few minutes getting to chat with them as well.

Congratulations to Nicole and Chris – may you have many many years of pure love and Happiness 

Photography by: Natascha Dacres, Natascha’s Photography ~ 802-238-4480
Assisted by Allyson Gover